Department of Literature
Additional Positions at AUProfessor of Literature
- Professor Rubenstein's primary teaching interests include Modernist fiction, literature by Modernist and contemporary women writers, and feminist literary theory. She has published more than thirty articles and book chapters, as well as five books and one monograph: The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness (1979); Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction (1987); Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women's Fiction (2001); Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf (2005 - monograph); and Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (2009). She has co-edited, with her husband, AU Professor Charles R. Larson, an anthology of short stories, Worlds of Fiction (1993; 2nd ed. 2001). At American University, she has been honored with several awards for teaching and scholarship, including the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching (twice) and its Senior Scholar Award. She was named American University's Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1994.
DegreesPh.D. in English Literature, University of London
B.A. in English, University of Colorado
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness.Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1979.
- Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction.U of Illinois P, 1987.
- Worlds of Fiction, co-editor, with Charles R. Larson. New York: Macmillan, 1993. Anthology of international short fiction: 126 stories with introduction, he adnotes, and questions. Second edition. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice-Hall2002.
- Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women’s Fiction New York: Palgrave, 2001.
- Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf. Bloomsbury Heritage Series, No. 40. London: Cecil Woolf Publishers, 2005.
- Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Area of Expertise: Women in fiction; gender issues; feminist issues and feminist literary criticism; modern and contemporary fiction; women writers, including Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Drabble, Toni Morrison, and Barbara Kingsolver
Additional Information: Roberta Rubenstein is the author of four critical studies of modern and contemporary women writers, including, most recently, Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She is coeditor of Worlds of Fiction, an international short story anthology (Prentice-Hall, 2001), as well as author of Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf (Cecil Woolf Publishers, 2005). She was named American University's Scholar Teacher of the Year in 1994 and won the MLA Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship in 1999.
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